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The Olympic Experience: Failures & Successes

Andrea Cagan - Wednesday, February 21, 2018
The Olympic Experience: Failures & Successes

Two nights ago, a favored ice dancer in the Olympics, Gabriella Papadakis, had a wardrobe malfunction. The fear and upset in her face reminded me of various missteps I made when I was in the ballet. The French couple won the Gold anyway but she’ll never forget the dread of her costume falling off her chest. She called it her worst nightmare. I can relate. 

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Right to Die

Andrea Cagan - Wednesday, October 07, 2015
Right to Die

In the late ‘80s, into the ‘90s, at the height of the AIDS epidemic, I volunteered at Chris Brownlie AIDS hospice. AZT was just emerging and there were no cocktails available to keep the Beast at bay. Back then, AIDS and HIV diagnoses were tantamount to a death sentence. I watched so many people leave their bodies in a painful, agonizing way at a time when assisted suicide wasn’t legal even in Oregon. That happened in 1997, and while I witnessed courageous people dying hard, I understood why they called it the Death with Dignity Act.  

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What is Dialogue?

Andrea Cagan - Wednesday, May 09, 2012
What is Dialogue?

When I decided to create blog capabilities on my web site, I didn’t know what I wanted to say. I just wanted to be able to say something, as the spirit moved me, to more than one or two people at a time, and create a dialogue – which is tricky for some of us.  

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